INSET: Helping Children Explore Emotions Through Puppetry

About the Course
Working with professional Arts Psychotherapist Dinah Mason, the session will experiment with using puppetry in group settings and on a 1:1 basis with children to explore emotions and feelings. Inspired by our production of Prince Charming which deals with common childhood emotions of fear and worry, this workshop will give you skills and ideas to help teach PSHE and for Reflection/Circle time.

Puppetry can offer a view of how children see and experience their world and themselves in it, and  their relationship to others. When children are experiencing difficult emotions, the use of puppetry can help them “find” their feelings and offer ways of exploring and expressing them that feel safe, and are creative, fun, encouraging of sharing and developing empathy, working together, problem-solving and confidence-building.

Using puppetry can help children communicate when words alone are not always easy or even possible. Words can be hard to come by when a child feels anxious, scared, shy, embarrassed or is afraid of looking foolish. Using puppetry helps children to communicate and express themselves, while growing in confidence, connecting with others and having fun.

The workshop will be informative and experiential with space to try out the ideas during the learning.

About the Tutor
Dinah Mason is a State Registered Arts Psychotherapist, Workshop Leader and Visual Artist.

She has 20 years’ experience of working with people of all ages with a wide range of needs and interests, and in various settings. She works with both individuals and groups. For the last ten years Dinah has been working with children and young people, often with their carers and families too, in mental, emotional and social health settings, and in education contexts.   During this time her work has been wide-ranging, and she has also specialised in working with children who are looked after in foster care, those who are adopted – and those who have experienced, and are affected by, trauma of any kind.

Dinah has worked with puppetry in teams delivering psycho-social work in refugee camps in Calais and Dunkirk, and in orphanages, schools, and to children living on the streets, in India and Rwanda.

Art Psychotherapy can offer a form of exploration, reflection and communication for feelings that are very difficult, and sometimes deeply buried, and therefore hard to identify. It can offer another form of expression where words are sometimes not enough, or hard to reach – or perhaps just unavailable, e.g. for children who have limited verbal expression due to developmental age/stage, or different learning needs – or who have blocks to communication through experiencing trauma, past or present, ranging in a very broad spectrum, from seemingly small everyday worries to huge life-changing events.

In working with families and groups of children of varying ages, Arts Psychotherapy can level the communication and vocabulary differences between older and younger people.

Dinah uses all sorts of art and play forms in her practice, among which are paint, collage, clay, junk construction, mask-making and performing, working with found objects and puppetry.

Dinah has long been fascinated by and passionate about puppetry in all it’s aspects – puppet-making, story-building, as a visual art form and as a powerful tool for embodiment of feeling.


Date and time: Monday 4 February, 4.15 – 6.30pm

Cost: £35/£25 concessions

Location: Little Angel Studios

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